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Cleaning Up Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
by Sandy Levine

In testimony submitted today, Conservation Law Foundation showed shortcomings in the proposed plan to transfer the shuttered Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power facility from Entergy, its current owner, to Northstar. Cleaning up is messy business. And especially so for nuclear power plants. The closed Vermont Yankee Nuclear facility sits idle on the banks of the Connecticut…

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Contamination at Vermont Yankee (Again)
by Sandy Levine

Recent news reports that dangerous Strontium-90 was found in wells on the Vermont Yankee site are troubling. It sure is a good thing the plant shut down in December. Now the contamination can hopefully be contained and it should be cleaned up. Unfortunately, Vermont Yankee’s owners continue to see no problems. Back in 2010 Strontium-90…

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End of Nuclear in Vermont
by Sandy Levine

The end of a nuclear power era arrived in Vermont on December 29, 2014. The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant in southern Vermont stopped producing power. This is indeed the end of an era. And the beginning of a new one. The shuttering of Vermont Yankee marks a significant passage – for CLF, for Vermont,…

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Keeping Out Citizens
by Sandy Levine

Regulatory decisions, like democracies, and even social events, generally benefit from broad participation. It is rare that the input from a wide range of interests doesn’t improve the outcome. In regulatory matters, allowing broad participation is particularly helpful when the folks who usually participate have already reached an agreement. The only opportunity to hear another…

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Climate Change March 2014
by Sandy Levine

Most of my climate change advocacy has me working behind a desk or in front of a judge or other public official. It was a different experience for me to join over 300,000 people in New York City for the Climate Change March last Sunday. To begin with, over 300,000 people equals half the population…

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You’re Fired! – I Quit!
by Sandy Levine

The owners of the troubled Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant chose to “quit” before they were “fired.” The recent regulatory decision by the Vermont Public Service Board highlights the long and troubled history that led most Vermonters to completely lose faith in the owner’s ability to responsibly manage the plant. In stark terms the Board…

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Vermont Yankee – Another Day Another Court Hearing
by Sandy Levine

On June 4, Judge Reiss of the Federal District Court in Burlington, Vermont will take up the latest lawsuit from Vermont Yankee’s owners. Once again, Entergy, the owner and operator of Vermont’s tired old nuclear plant, is asking a federal court to give it a free pass. Entergy wants to stop Vermont regulators from having…